Do you watch TV? No, me neither. But I might now. Apparently, Netflix is making an Assassin’s Creed TV series. How exciting! Nothing can possibly go wrong, because video game adaptations are always awesome. However, just in case they need some pointers, here’s my advice to the bigwigs over at Netflix on how to make the perfect Assassin’s Creed television series.
The first thing I’d love to see would be an anthology series. This is a pretty big one. I just think the idea of finding different vignettes in different eras of history gives the series a chance to do two things. Firstly, they could weave in a large, overarching narrative relating to the usual trappings of an Assassin’s Creed game — grand conspiracies and present-day narratives — without getting bogged down by it at the cost of an entertaining episode. Secondly, it means we could see some characters from the video games, which would be great. This also brings me to my next point.
Yes, everyone loves Ezio, but I can’t imagine the new series without a new character. If they tried to make a series around a pre-existing Assassin’s Creed character, the audience would bring a whole lot of expectations, and that is always risky. However, if we get a sneak peek at a handful of fan favourites throughout the series, that would be great fun. We could get all the benefits of fan service without the series feeling old. Oh, and if they do an Ancient Greek one and don’t put a big kick off a cliff in there, I will absolutely kick-off.
3. New time-periods
Yes, it will be great to spend some time watching renaissance Italy on a big TV, but it would be even more fun to explore the corners of the Assassin’s Creed universe we haven’t yet seen in games, or at least barely seen. Give me an assassin climbing on St Basil’s Cathedral during the Russian Revolution, give me some meditative traipsing through snow-covered wilderness during the Klondike gold rush, give me some Mission Impossible-style parkour on the Burj Khalifa in the modern-day. Just go crazy with it, and it could be very cool indeed.
4. Not too much nonsense
I love the Assassin’s Creed games. I’ve played and loved all of them. They are very good. However, their silliness can go a bit far sometimes. The show has to have a sci-fi twist, otherwise they may as well be making a generic historical series, but if they overdo it, and, say, take us down to Atlantis, I think it would be very stupid. The issue is that the Assassin’s Creed games have never been about being some praeternatural superhero, so all that wacky stuff can be a bit jarring. I am sure it would be even more jarring in a TV show than a game, as well.
5. Something we haven’t seen before
My main hope is that the new series is doing something new and different. I don’t want a retelling of a story in one of the games, I want to see a new side to this expansive universe. One of the best things about the Assassin’s Creed franchise is that it is so malleable. Put it in any time period and place, slap some broad conspiratorial rivalry on top of it, and then tell stories within that. It can be done in so many different ways. If they put a new spin on it in the TV series, I will be a happy boy.
All in all, however, I’m not exactly hopeful. Even though everyone enjoyed Netflix’s The Witcher, I wasn’t the biggest fan. In general, video game adaptations are bad, as we all know. Assassin’s Creed‘s first foray into live-action wasn’t exactly the best, so who knows how this will turn out. For now, I’ll just stick to playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and watching The Great British Bake Off.